Dupont Circle, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Dupont Circle, including G-Star Raw, The Phillips Collection and Hank's Oyster Bar.
  • The best place in Dupont Circle Washington: G-Star Raw

    G-Star Raw

    1666 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Men's and women's denim boutique, specializing in (as you would expect) trendy jeans and jackets.
    Dupont Circle
  • The Phillips Collection

    The Phillips Collection

    1600 21st St NW
    T-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Special Exhibit prices vary; Permanent Collection: Tu-F: donation suggested, Sa-Su: Adults $10, Seniors and Students $8. The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America’s first museum of modern art. Featuring a renowned permanent collection of nearly 2,500 works by American and European impressionist and modern artists, the Phillips is internationally recognized for both its incomparable art and its intimate atmosphere. Housed in founder Duncan Phillips' 1897 Georgian Revival home, The Phillips Collection is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest small museums.
    Dupont Circle eat nearby
  • Hank's Oyster Bar

    Hank's Oyster Bar

    1624 Q St NW
    Su-Tu 5:30PM-10PM; W-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Sa-Su 11AM-3PM. $12-25. Small, cozy restaurant, with a popular oyster bar, along with fried clams, lobster rolls, and other seafood. This is also a good place to enjoy a beer and martinis.
    Dupont Circle
  • Komi

    Komi

    1509 17th St NW
    Tu-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM; Fr-Sa 5:30PM-10PM. Dinner: $90, tasting menu: $125, wine pairings: 3 for $48, 5 for $62. "Universal acclaim" is often claimed, but rarely factual in a strict sense. But Komi seemingly has yet to generate a negative critical review anywhere—not even a quip. Declared by serious foodies one of the best restaurants in the country, this is a place for a special occasion (or simply is a special occasion), as it's both super expensive and very memorable. Mediterranean/New American cuisine. It is indeed harder to get reservations here than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, so be ready to try a few times a full month in advance, calling first thing in the morning.
    Dupont Circle
  • Meeps & Aunt Neensie's Vintage Clothing

    Meeps & Aunt Neensie's Vintage Clothing

    2104 18th St NW
    M-Sa noon-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Meeps is one of D.C.'s long-established vintage stores, with a selection of men's and women's fashion, casual to formal. Styles range from the 1940s–80s. It's small, but beloved.
    Adams Morgan
  • Caramel Fashion

    Caramel Fashion

    1603 U St NW
    Th-F noon-9PM, Sa 11AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM. An "eco-friendly" boutique sporting men's and women's clothing from lesser-known designers. Their casual clothes are noticeably stylish, but still the type you'd feel comfortable wearing while walking down the street in the daytime.
    Adams Morgan
  • Tabletop

    Tabletop

    1608 20th St NW
    M-Sa noon-8PM, Su noon-6PM. A quirky, stylish little gift shop with all sorts of items, but an especial emphasis on anything related to interior design. It's a fun place to browse even if you don't want to buy (but this can be dangerous).
    Dupont Circle
  • Foundry Gallery

    Foundry Gallery

    1314 18th St NW
    A non-profit gallery, artist-run and funded, with modern, local art on display.
    Dupont Circle
  • The Brewmaster's Castle

    The Brewmaster's Castle

    1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
    Walk-in tours: Th-F 11AM,1PM; Sa 11AM,1PM,2:30PM. Free, suggested donation $5. Competing with the Smithsonian for top castle status in the District is the Victorian mansion of one Christian Heurich, who immigrated to the states from Germany to become a wildly successful real estate baron and brewer. (He also holds the title of world's oldest brewer, having kept up his work until his death at a ripe age of 102.) It's a striking example of Victorian architecture and design, and even if you don't make it to a tour, there's a nice Victorian garden in the back open to the public M-F 10AM-4PM, spring-fall.
    Dupont Circle restaurants nearby
  • Pizzeria Paradiso

    Pizzeria Paradiso

    2003 P St NW
    M-Th 11:30AM-11PM; Fr-Sa 11:30AM-Midnight; Su Noon-10PM. $14-22. One of two locations of the famous local gourmet pizza place. They don't take reservations, so the Saturday night wait can be brutal (on a less crowded night, patio seating is nice). But never fear, they do a healthy take-out business too. Also of note is there is an extensive list of rotating draft and one cask beer.
    Dupont Circle
  • Betsy Fisher

    1224 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-W 10AM-7PM, F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-4PM. Sorry stereotypes, D.C. has some great fashion boutiques. Ms. Fisher is a careful curator, with a fiercely loyal customer base, attentive service (complimentary drinks, for one), and with clothes ranging from conservative to very trendy. You'll pay a price for this, though!
    Dupont Circle
  • Anderson House

    2118 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Tours: Tu-Sa, 1PM-4PM. Free. The Anderson House, which is perhaps better described as a castle, was built in 1902-1905, as the home of Larz Anderson and his wife. Upon Anderson's death, the house was given as a gift to the Society of the Cincinnati which was something of an American noble order dedicated to preserving the legacy of the American Revolution (and today largely devoted to education about the revolutionary period) founded in 1783 after the Revolutionary War. The house serves as the organizations headquarters, and houses a museum and library.
    Dupont Circle restaurants nearby
  • Red Onion Records and Books

    1901 18th St NW
    Tu-Sa noon-7PM, Su noon-5PM. The friendly owner is an afficianado with a huge second-hand vinyl collection (and CDs and books about music). The store is quite small, so he has a carefully hand-picked selection on display, with some rare finds waiting for a browser to uncover. If there's a specialty here, it's indie.
    Adams Morgan
  • Hillyer Art Space

    9 Hillyer Ct NW
    M 10AM-5PM, Tu-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-4PM. This is one of the hipper galleries in town, often sporting live DJs. It's mission is tied vaguely to international, cross-cultural communication, and puts on exhibits by established international artists, as well as locals.
    Dupont Circle
  • Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe

    1517 Connecticut Ave NW
    Su-Th 7:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 24 hrs; brunch (popular and crowded): Sa-Su 8AM-3PM. Food: $10-20. A great independent bookstore and a tried and true Washingtonian experience. It's an odd bookstore, in that it has a full restaurant and bar—pick up a travel guide inferior to this one and then sit down for filet mignon, perhaps? There is also one meager computer, at the bar, hooked up for public internet use. Live music on weekends.
    Dupont Circle
  • Marsha Mateyka Gallery

    2012 R St NW
    Location is a plus at this gallery, housed in pretty old Washingtonian brownstone, rather than the usual characterless minimalist whitewashed galleries you find everywhere. Shows principally contemporary works, American and European, by some big names in the contemporary art world—buyers should expect high prices here.
    Dupont Circle
  • Greater Goods

    1626 U St NW
    Tu-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. D.C.'s greenest store, specializing in a whole wide range of eco-friendly home goods, as well as items designed to raise awareness of how you can minimize your carbon footprint, decrease waste, etc. The book section is also worth a browse, and the owner is very friendly.
    Adams Morgan
  • National Geographic Museum

    1145 17th St NW
    M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Free, special exhibits: $10-35. Photography and other exhibits on nature, history, and culture. Films, lectures, and concerts take place at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium. The gift shop has numerous books, DVDs, and other items. Good for kids.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Second Story Books and Antiques

    2000 P St NW
    This is the one and only great used bookstore anywhere nearby. The collection is big and well curated by very knowledgeable staff, and they have a section for rare and collectible books. It's one of the best browsing bookstores you'll ever come across.
    Dupont Circle
  • Mansion on O Street

    2020 O St NW
    By reservation only. Tours: $5-50/person, rooms: $350-850. The only way you will possibly get a handle on what this mysterious place is about is to visit. In their own words: The Mansion on O Street is a way of life, not a business. As a small private luxury hotel and club, conference center, and museum, we combine art, architecture, literature and inspiration to craft an exhilarating, entertaining experience. Having been a haven for heads of state, foreign dignitaries, business leaders, writers, artists, musicians, scientists, and members of the entertainment industry, The Mansion offers privacy, security, distinctive amenities and world-class cuisine, all in an environment that is nothing short of magical. Between hundreds of rooms, a collection of some 20,000 books, dozens of secret passages, a collection of John Lennon's guitars, modern art and curiosities of all stripes in every room (virtually anything of which is for sale if you're interested), frequent concerts by legends of rock and R&B, numerology evaluations, banquets, etc., your curiosity will probably find enough piquing here to justify the advance reservations for tours. It's also a luxury B&B, if you are looking for extremely eccentric accommodations in the city.
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  • Big Hunt

    Big Hunt

    1345 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Th 4PM-2AM, F 4PM-3AM, Sa 4PM-3AM, Su 5PM-2AM. The Big Hunt is another very popular, very large bar right off the circle, full of friendly twenty and thirty-something singles. The safari theme throughout is interesting, but those comfy booths are the number one reason to have your beers here—if you can get one, that is. If not, there are plenty of other places to explore. The red basement has extraordinarily bizarre decor, and is a lot quieter for conversations. There are three levels including a rooftop and and second bar room and basement that occasionally open to accommodate overflow.
    Dupont Circle
  • Urbana

    Urbana

    2121 P St NW
    M-F 7-10:30AM; 11:30AM-3PM; Su-Th 5:30-10PM; F-Sa 5:30-11PM (bar Su-Th to midnight, F-Sa to 2AM). $28-45. The new restaurant/bar attached to Hotel Palomar is a good place for a cocktail, upscale pizza, and happy hour specials (M-F 4PM-7PM), or for a full meal of their fine Mediterranean-influenced cooking.
    Dupont Circle
  • Lauriol Plaza

    Lauriol Plaza

    1835 18th St NW
    Lauriol Plaza Restaurant
    Adams Morgan
  • Teaism

    Teaism

    2009 R St NW
    Serves Asian/Japanese dishes, such as bento boxes, along with many varieties of pricey tea. Also a good option for breakfast.
    Dupont Circle
  • The new entrant at the Jefferson Hotel is already a clear destination restaurant, with classic French cuisine served in a traditional American, and frankly gorgeous, interior. The food is competitive with the best the city has to offer, and the service is perhaps a step above, with details covered down to the string-bound parchment you receive on your way out, upon which your servers have listed the wines you sampled.
    Downtown
  • Al Tiramisu

    Al Tiramisu

    2014 P St NW
    M-F noon-2:30PM; 5:30PM-10:30PM; Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM; Su 5PM-9:30PM. $25-50. Very tasty Italian cuisine with a nice wine list served in this small restaurant. The one stumble is the noise level, but the restaurant remains quite the good deal. Reservations required for dinner. Guess which one of the desserts is especially popular.
    Dupont Circle
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